Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Laundry Tips Board

Can I even tell you how excited I am to show you the Laundry room reveal in two days? It is coming together so nicely. Who would have ever thought that such a tiny space could be so bright and cheery? Major Happy dancing going on right now :)

This is another project that has found it's way into the laundry room remodel and I have to tell you I am THRILLED with the result. It was so simple but totally makes my day every time I walk in there... which is often. This family of 2 + pup goes through a lot of laundry! Are we just more piggy than others? huh, must be :)

I found this chalkboard in the bins at the Fancy Store {aka Goodwill Outlet} and I may or may not have let out a little squeal when I found it and madly ran across the store to snatch it up. I love the big chalkboard and chunky frame! What I was not loving was the scratched paint and these weird staple things that were sticking out of the bottom. Maybe it used to have a little shelf or something? I merrily pranced walked calmly through the store with my purchase, not fully knowing where it would end up.

Anyhow, once home I realized that it was just perfect for the laundry room - ironic since it was originally for a laundry room and painted lavender, the old color of my laundry room.

First things first, I set up an uber professional painting station... in the living room... on a card table covered in newspaper... so that I could watch HGTV. Classy, I know :)

I found these oops paint samples in the garage paint cupboard and decide on a creamy white {left side}. Sorry but I have no idea what color the sample was, there is no tag on it.

The seams needed some help, which gave me a perfect excuse to try out this cool stuff:

It is spackling that goes on pink and dries white. That way you know when it is ready to sand. How awesome is that? Totally what this haphazard crafter needs!

I the meantime, I set out to remove the big ole staples which turned out to be big ole nails!

Hello, no wonder they hurt so much when I accidentally smooshed my hand into them.

Once all nasty nails were removed, puttied and dried I used a sanding block and a toothpick to get all the excess off and gave it 3 coats of yummy, creamy white.

While it dried, I headed over to one of my favorite craft stores, Ben Franklin, and had the words "Laundry Tip" printed out in a favorite font, Coventry Gardens. It's kinda hard to tell, but the letters are a deep chocolate brown.

Once everything was dry, it was time to apply the vinyl, have studdly hubby hang it up and stand back to admire.

I love it! The "tip" was written in Chalk Ink Markers which I absolutely am in love with. Want to get me something for my birthday this month? Colored Chalk Ink Markers are on my wish list. {Hubby, are you reading this?}

How have you been using chalk boards lately?

Joining a Laundry Room themed party over here:

And a "Wrap Up" Over here :)

All photos taken by yours truly.


  1. I am LOVING that chalkboard!! Looks fabulous!

    Crystal's Craft Spot has a laundry room link up I thought I would share the link:

  2. Very cute!!! I love that you used your paint samples. I have a few sitting around here that need a project. Hmmm...

    Very fun!


  3. This is so cute! I love the vinyl and the chalk.

  4. Love this - aren't chalkboards the best? I especially love laundry room art:)
    Visiting from Tatertots & Jello.

  5. Also visiting via the Weekend Wrap Up. I love your chalkboard, great frame makeover. Every laundry room needs a great chalkboard, I need to get on that!

  6. So cute! My daughter wants do a chalkboard wall in her room and if we do, we'll definitely get chalkboard markers. No dust!!!

  7. Really cute. And I am with you on the chalk markers. Definitely on my wish list too!

  8. Hello, Emily-Friend!! I am SO loving all of these wonderful things that you are doing for your laundry room!! :-) You totally put me to shame, and I mean it!!!
    So...I must ask...WHEN is your birthday?? Mine is in September, too...wouldn't ya' know it? No wonder we are such kindred spirits, ha!ha! :-)
    Anyhoo, I hope your birthday is VERY happy, and I can't wait to hear all about your party!